Carmel qualified as a solicitor in 1988, became a partner in a Sheffield law firm just over two years later and was made head of the family law department in 2000. She trained as a family mediator in March 2000 and worked as both a mediator and solicitor until 2011 when she decided to concentrate on mediation.
Carmel has built up an excellent reputation as a family mediator with many cases being referred to Carmel by solicitors who know that she will look after their clients and do a good job for them. Many clients also recommend their family and friends to Carmel because they themselves found mediation to have been a positive experience and found Carmel to be professional, knowledgeable and thorough.
Carmel deals with all types of family mediation including financial settlements for divorcing and separating couples, arrangements for children, contact for grandparents, disputes between couples who have lived together and generally any issues arising as a result of the breakdown in a relationship.
Carmel is specifically qualified to conduct child inclusive mediations or Direct Child Consultation as it is also known. In appropriate cases, Carmel is asked to prepare reports for court.
Carmel’s approach is a practical, realistic one whilst remaining impartial at all times and helping clients to maintain a sense of proportion equally for those who are paying their own costs and those who are receiving legal aid.
What Carmel says
I am extremely enthusiastic about mediation because having worked as a family Solicitor for so many years, I am acutely aware of the worries and uncertainty that people experience when trying to fight for a result rather than trying to work out a solution together. I take great pride in helping couples to find ways of working with each other as effectively as is possible. It is very important to me that anyone going through the mediation process finds it to be a positive experience and I will always do my best to help couples reach a successful conclusion.
Carmel was born and brought up in Sheffield. She is married with two adult children and although often described as a workaholic, she enjoys pottering in the garden, running, watching football and cricket and socialising with family and friends.